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MONTANA RANCHER EARNS RED ANGUS GRIDMASTER AWARD

Patrick LoHof, owner of Quarter Circle U Ranch, Otter, Mont., was recognized at the 2006 Red Angus Association of America (RAAA) Convention in Kerrville, Texas, with the Association's “GridMaster” Award. Century Feeders of Goodland, Kan. was also recognized as a 2006 GridMaster for their role in feeding the LoHof cattle as well as another set of GridMaster winning steers from Colo.

Red Angus Marketing Programs introduced the “GridMaster Award” to recognize those who had achieved outstanding carcass results through their utilization of Red Angus genetics in the feedlot. To be eligible for the GridMaster Award, cattle must be enrolled in the Red Angus Feeder Cattle Certification Program, a USDA Process Verified Program, now in its second decade of providing genetic traceability to Angus, and source verification to ranch of origin. Verified group age was added to the process verified program's claim this past fall. LoHof's GridMaster winners represent some of the nearly 100,000 head of feeder cattle that are marketed through the Red Angus program annually.

The 2006 GridMaster winners marketed a 30 head minimum lot size of Certified Red Angus through the Grid, which met and exceeded the following criteria:

•      Minimum 80% Choice

•      Minimum 100 Grid Score - (Composite score based on % Choice, % Premium Products, % YG 1's & 2's, and % YG 4's)

•      Maximum 7.5% Yield Grade 4 or higher

The outstanding Grid performance and profitability of LoHof's Certified Red Angus cattle is detailed in the table below:

%
Choice

% Prem
Products

% YG
1s & 2s

  % YG
4s

Premium
/Hd

82.35%
61.76
44.12%
5.88%
$54.73



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